Zoo adoptions make great holiday gifts

Stripes are in this year — give an Amur tiger adoption from the St. Louis Zoo to someone on your list and he or she will receive a cuddly plush toy tiger — while supplies last.

Plus, your gift will provide food and care for these animals for a year.

The package also includes a holiday card, personalized adoption certificate, photo and fact sheet, car decal and T-shirt transfer, biannual Zoo Parents newsletter, invitation to annual Zoo Parents Picnic and recipient’s name on the Zoo Parents kiosk for a year. Holiday adoptions cost $35 before Nov. 30 — $40 after Nov. 30 — and include shipping and handling to anywhere in the United States.

A Zoo Friends membership is a gift that keeps giving all year long. A $55 membership includes six free parking passes, free passes for the Zooline Railroad, Children’s Zoo, Insectarium and Sea Lion Show, as well as zoo discounts and more. In addition, the membership includes a collectible 2004 ornament, available with holiday gift memberships — only while supplies last.

Order adoptions and memberships by calling (314) 768-5440 or on-line at www.stlzoo.org through Dec. 17 to ensure Dec. 24 delivery.